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Glendening to grand marshal Buddy Walk

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that for the second-straight year forward Luke Glendening will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 11th Annual Down Syndrome Support Team’s Buddy Walk on Sunday, Sept. 27 in Ann Arbor, Mich. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. in Gallup Park (3000 Fuller Rd.) for the one-mile walk starting at 3:00 p.m.

The Buddy Walk is one of more than 250 events planned in cities throughout the country this fall to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk celebrates the abilities and accomplishments of people with Down syndrome, and will be followed by refreshments, children’s activities, a raffle and silent auction. More than 800 people are expected to attend, with participants including people with Down syndrome, their families, friends, co-workers and supporters. The general public is also invited to attend.

Glendening will continue to support children with Down syndrome with his ‘Gametime with Glendening’ community initiative. The Red Wings forward will host a child with Down syndrome and his or her family at every Red Wings home game in the preseason and regular season with four donated tickets through Down Syndrome Guild of Southeast Michigan and Down Syndrome Support Team.

Glendening played college hockey at the University of Michigan and volunteered to work with children with Down syndrome throughout his collegiate career. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native enters his second full season with the Red Wings after playing in all 82 games last season and tallying 18 points (12-6-18).

About The Down Syndrome Support Team:
The Down Syndrome Support Team is a non-profit organization based in Washtenaw County, incorporated in the State of Michigan and is recognized as a 501 c3 charity by the IRS. Our mission is to provide support and resources to individuals with Down syndrome and their families. We work with our community to build an accepting environment where every individual can contribute and reach their fullest potential. We envision a community where every person feels accepted and valued for their own unique talents and strengths.

About The Detroit Red Wings:
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit

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